Win: Julio Teheran (4-1)
Loss: Matt Garza (2-6)
Through the first six innings, the Brewers were at least able to keep this game tied. Not that they looked good, mind you.
In fact, the Brewers are fairly fortunate the game was tied that long given Braves pitcher Julio Teheran basically did whatever he wanted with the Milwaukee hitters. Teheran pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, allowing just one run, a walk and striking out eight batters. The Brewers mostly looked useless against him, so much so that the only run they scored was on a sacrifice-fly double play ball.
Yes. A sac fly, double-play. With Carlos Gomez at third and Gerardo Parra at first, Ryan Braun flew to the warning track in center field that Gomez easily scored on. But Cameron Maybin had a strong throw that got Gerardo Parra trying to tag from first base to second. Brewers baseball.
Matt Garza, meanwhile, kept the Brewers in the game for a while, allowing just one run through the first six innings. Then the seventh inning came and just everything went awry.
Two singles, a sac bunt, and another single broke the tie to give the Braves a 2-1 lead before Will Smith came on to replace Garza. It was not going to be a good night for Will Smith. Smith's third pitch of the night bounced and hit Pedro Ciriaco to load the bases. The next batter up, Smith was ejected from the game for having a foreign substance -- pine tar, perhaps -- on his arm.
Like, clearly on his arm. The 'unwritten rules' of baseball tend to be that pitchers use foreign substances pretty often, but that they at least make an effort to hide it. Smith did not. At all. So, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez pointed it out to the umps and that was that. Neal Cotts came on to replace Smith and by the end of the inning the Brewers were down 8-1. Two more Atlanta runs in the eighth just sealed the deal.
The Brewers and Braves will go for round two tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 6:35 CT.